Frank’s Place has Expanded!

Frank’s Place in the former Oasis Resort region, which was later renamed Franks Place — (sigh) — is no more; that’s the bad news.

The good news is that Nanceee and Gymmy Sinatra have added on a second region right next door to their original sim (which is now given over to a high-end mall), called it Franks Place 2, moved the club there, and rebuilt it completely. And I mean completely.

The basic concept of the original Frank’s, a club built on a raised platform, with balconies over the main floor, is still there; but the building materials have changed. Instead of the expanses of white marble floors and columns, the new Frank’s is now warm woods and fieldstone. One section of the build is roofed by a series of “Crystal Palace” arch skylights, which are also over the entrance pergola on the outside porch (Photo 1; see bottom of article). The host’s desk, a Frank’s tradition, is still there, of course, and the staff is as welcoming as ever (Photo 2). On the night I stopped in to do my photos, MsMaggs Freck was on duty. (I try to tip the hosts whenever I can if they are helpful, and MsMaggs was that night.)

Past the (exquisitely polite) guardian of the gate, you’ll find a large entrance hall supported by fieldstone columns (Photo 3). Several staircases lead to the upper floors; a few club chairs and tables are scattered about for you to relax in while waiting for your date to arrive. Turn left and head past the stairs, and you’ll find yourself in what I’m calling the main lounge (Photo 4, which does not do it true justice). More chairs, including love seats, are placed for quiet privacy or conversation, and a few pose balls invite couples to get together for a portrait. Notice the windows here, by the way; Hunter Nieuport, the architect of the entire build, created them for the Sinatras. Similar beveled-glass windows are at other places about the walls.

The bar (Photos 5 and 6) is much larger now. The usual stools run along the bar counter proper, and the old pictures of the Chairman and his Rat Pack buddies adorn the walls, but there is now a row of stool/chair combos stretching that side of the dance floor. As for that floor (Photo 7), I’m thinking (subjectively) that it’s now larger. There are definitely more dance balls laid out, with the usual swing/waltz/ballroom type dance picks; and, of course, there’s the big multi-user mirror ball overhead with more selection laid into it. There’s plenty of room for everyone to whirl around for a good time; and they do so, for Frank’s Place is still one of the most popular clubs on the Grid. With soundtrack from the masters of the Great American Songbook on their own feed, or requests taken by the house DJ in an occasional appearance, you have little excuse not to get out there and start dancing! (Listen to that, guys!!!)

Oh, are you hungry? Head upstairs to the balconies, and you’ll find dining tables (Photo 8). I think you can get that traditional club grub Chateaubriand now, but check with the hosts to be sure (grin).

Check Frank’s Place out; and when you’re done, go on down the stairs to the mall, populated by quality stores such as Zhao Shoes, Virtual Impressions, and clusters of stores for the well-dressed avatar. You can’t go wrong, baby! Remember, though, formal dress is a requirement.

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You don’t want to take my word for it? Read another review, at Secondclubs.com.

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